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CCC&Y on Jan. 27 to present ‘Igniting Collective Action: Moving Beyond ACEs’

| January 12, 2021
CCC&Y on Jan. 27 to present ‘Igniting Collective Action: Moving Beyond ACEs’

The Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth will present Igniting Collective Action: Moving Beyond ACEs at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 via Zoom. Click here to register.

Imagine a community in which the effects of childhood trauma are clearly understood, the impact of inequitable experience is acknowledged, and people are aligned toward creating equitable access to assets and protective factors that support positive life outcomes. This training will explore the roadmap to creating change at the community and system level by using the findings of both leadership research and today’s thought leaders.

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Statement from CCC&Y — Seeking true justice, equity and peace for all

| January 12, 2021
Statement from CCC&Y — Seeking true justice, equity and peace for all

Acknowledging the collective fear caused by current events feels essential to us as an organization. (On Jan. 6) we watched the violent penetration of an institution that is intended to represent the voice of the people.  While we are in a movement to address trauma, reduce toxic stress, and injustice, in this moment, all of that seems to keep piling on.  We also acknowledge that the Capitol building has not historically or currently been a place of equitable access or representation from all voices, and yet it represents one place where the marginalized and their allies can shape justice and create a truer democracy. It is our intention to hold the community and each other in this wound, offer care, and continue our work of trauma healing here in Coconino County. With open hearts, may we continue to recognize our humanity and oneness while we move forward toward true justice, equity and peace for all.   

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Arizona Department of Child Safety seeking members for its Parent Advisory Collaborative (PAC)

| January 12, 2021
Arizona Department of Child Safety seeking members for its Parent Advisory Collaborative (PAC)

he Arizona Department of Child Safety is seeking seeking parents, their family members or community partners to join our Parent Advisory Collaborative (PAC).

Eligible applicants are:

Parent or family member of someone who may have had previous involvement with the child welfare system or may have received services from a community provider.

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Stronger as One to present a Free one-hour Mental Health First Aid Training

| January 12, 2021
Stronger as One to present a Free one-hour Mental Health First Aid Training

By Stronger as One Stronger as One will present a Free one-hour Mental Health First AID Training, an 8-hour course that teaches individuals how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training provides the skills needed to provide initial help and support to someone until appropriate professional […]

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Children’s Action Alliance — State of the State

| January 12, 2021
Children’s Action Alliance — State of the State

This week, the Arizona legislature begins its work for the year at a time when many Arizona children and families are struggling to meet their basic needs during this health and economic crisis. Recently released data by the U.S. Census Bureau shows 1 in 6 Arizona households with children (16%) said they had only slight confidence or no confidence at all that they would be able to make their next rent or mortgage payment on time. Increasing numbers of Arizona households with children are also reporting they do not have health insurance and/or do not have enough food to eat, and communities of color are disproportionately suffering.

That is why it will be so critical for lawmakers to focus their work on helping families achieve financial stability, and keeping children healthy and safe during these difficult times.

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Connect2STEM is back!

| January 12, 2021
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — Connect2STEM is back!

Connect2STEM has been reimagined as an online interactive pavilion. Activities will start with the kickoff on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. via Connect2STEM TV. The event will feature behind-the-scenes tours of the Wildcat Play Hospital, an Escape the Room challenge with mannequins that can talk led by medical students and energetic performances from the Be Kind Crew, as well as the Arizona School for the Arts. View the full lineup here.

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Local Education Spotlight — Page ASU grad discovers passion for science, humanities and the arts. See more local education news here

| January 12, 2021
Local Education Spotlight — Page ASU grad discovers passion for science, humanities and the arts. See more local education news here

When first-generation college student Sofia Vine started out at Arizona State University in 2017, she wasn’t quite sure what she wanted to study or pursue as a career.

But over the next three-and-a-half years, Vine said she truly discovered herself while developing a passion for biology, performing arts, women and gender studies, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. 

Vine grew up in the small town of Page, Arizona, and chose to attend ASU because she wanted to experience new things and meet new people while staying somewhat close to home. She started her journey at ASU’s West campus and decided to pursue biology with an emphasis on neuroscience, physiology, and behavior when she realized how interesting she found the human body and living organisms. 

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Education top issue for Arizona voters, poll finds. See more state education news here

| January 12, 2021
Education top issue for Arizona voters, poll finds. See more state education news here

Education is still the top issue for Arizona voters, according to a poll from Expect More Arizona.

Statewide, 28% of 600 likely voters surveyed said education was their top issue, followed by health care and the economy and jobs. Education has surfaced as the top issue for six consecutive years.

Digging further into what education issues are important to people, 26% said a general lack of funding for schools topped the list, and 17% said teacher pay and support for teachers was most important.

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Witnessing history: Teachers and students left reeling, looking for lessons in an insurrection. See more national education news here

| January 12, 2021
Witnessing history: Teachers and students left reeling, looking for lessons in an insurrection. See more national education news here

Graham Kwiatkowski, a social studies teacher at Curie High School on Chicago’s Southwest Side, stayed up past midnight to watch coverage of the U.S. Capitol takeover and its aftermath. Then, he woke up at 4 a.m. to prepare for his virtual first-period psychology class.

After asking students how they were feeling, Kwiatkowski showed six news photos without captions: three from unchecked rioting on Capitol Hill Wednesday and three of tense standoffs between Black Lives Matter protesters and police officers last summer.

Students knew right away what Kwiatkowski was getting at — and readily launched into a discussion about the difference in law enforcement response.

“Students are so in tune with what’s going on in their city and around the country,” he said. “They knew if this had been a group of 5,000 or 10,000 people of color at the Capitol, the response would not have been the same.”

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Guest contribution — CCC&Y member says Coalition provides variety of support, education to the community

| January 12, 2021
Guest contribution — CCC&Y member says Coalition provides variety of support, education to the community

I have had the blessed opportunity to work with at-risk youth in Flagstaff for over 20 years.  I first learned of the Coalition when I attended the Child Abuse Prevention Conference over 15 years ago. Since then, the Coalition has been such a wonderful resource for me.  They provide support, education, and have helped connect me to individuals and other organizations that advocate for youth.

Not only have I been able to share useful information with my family and friends, but my work circle has also benefited.  The Coalition has shed light on mental health and well-being and is helping remove the stigma of mental health issues. Bringing mindfulness to the forefront is a bold step and I intend to continue the work.  I have already practiced a mindfulness activity with a small group of my colleagues, and will lead a longer one at next all staff meeting. 

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